THE ROYAL AS­COT IN NUM­BERS

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Watches & Jewels -

English thing to wear a hat. Tra­di­tion and cul­ture are in­her­ent in Asian cul­tures so it’s great that the English have this tra­di­tion,” she says. Re­garded as one of the most beau­ti­ful women in the world, Aish­warya is stun­ning in per­son. Her skin is creamy smooth, hair lux­u­ri­ous, but it’s her eyes that mes­merise. “Aish­warya truly rep­re­sents our slo­gan,” says Capelli. “Our am­bas­sadors em­body our iden­tity, our im­age around the world. We may in­ter­pret the con­cept of el­e­gance dif­fer­ently but we all un­der­stand the term as that in­ner dis­po­si­tion found in our hearts.”

Exchanging Royal

Kather­ine Jenk­ins

As­cot Philip Treacy and Grace Jones sto­ries, Capelli tells us about the mo­ment he met the Queen for the first time this year. “I had to present her with a watch and she wanted to put it on at once. I fit­ted it to her wrist my­self and my hands were shak­ing. She made a big im­pres­sion on me.”

The first race starts just as we were fin­ish­ing our desserts. I turn to Capelli for tips on how to pick a win­ner. “I read the pre­dic­tions, look at the horse’s star rat­ings, and check to see who the jockey is. If I know them, I may place my bet on that horse,” he says. “Of course you can also pick a horse whose name you like or your favourite num­ber.” I have a look at the line-up of horses and de­cide that An­i­mal King­dom with its five-star rat­ing would make a good bet. The race starts and the crowd cheers. The thun­der­ous sound of hooves hit­ting the green gets louder and re­ver­ber­ate around the Grand Stand. I clutch my bet ticket as the horses draw to the fin­ish but alas, my horse was nowhere close.

Three races on, I fi­nally win small on a horse named Par­bold d who came in third ird place. Per­haps I should take Aish­warya’s ad­vice. “I’m not bet­ting on any ny Longines am­bas­sador, Kate Winslet wear­ing the Con­quest Clas­sic watch horse,” she told me ear­lier. “I don’t gam­ble sim­ply be­cause I don’t think money comes that eas­ily. I work hard for my money!” she laughs. I spot her across the rac­ing green, as she pre­sented the prize for the King’s Stand Stakes race to the win­ner.

As we leave the races, a fel­low mem­ber of the press asked if I had any luck at all. I told him I’d won £8 and he said: “Count your­self lucky! Not many peo­ple win any­thing, if at all.” I smile. The Royal As­cot was ev­ery­thing that I’d ex­pected it to be – el­e­gant, stylish, and sim­ply un­for­get­table.

Aish­warya Rai Bachchan along­side Juan- Car­los Capelli and Ka­t­rina Jones, brand di­rec­tor UK, pre­sent­ing the prize to the win­ning jockey Johnny Murtagh

Cai Mei Khoo

Is­abell Kris­tensen

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